Home to the most northern mangrove forest in the world, this coastal nature reserve is a vital sanctuary for rare bird species, sea turtles and more.
Al Qurm Nature Reserve’s 500 hectares of magnificent mangroves – qurm in Arabic – are bursting with avian and aquatic life. Endangered Arabian-collared kingfishers are the most famous inhabitants, however, hawksbill and green turtles, which nest on the nearby beach might also be spotted.
Keen bird-watchers should bring their binoculars, while the activity centre offers guided kayak and paddleboard tours. Set to open soon, Kingfisher Lodge will house 20 luxury tents connected by boardwalks to protect the turtle nesting grounds.